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Slightly less nasty technology may soon keep deep-space missions warm: Replacing plutonium with americium

All: This is one of those half-a-loaf stories. World Nuclear News reported yesterday: Initial success in demonstrating the feasibility of “space batteries” has led to the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) being awarded further developmental work by the European Space … Continue reading

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Incoming!: Phobos-Grunt to come crashing to earth next month, possibly trailing clouds of toxic materials, radioactive debris

Phobos-Grunt has now been deemed unrecoverable, as the BBC just reported: Russia’s space agency (Roscosmos) says its unsuccessful Mars probe will fall back to Earth next month. The unmanned Phobos-Grunt spacecraft became stranded in orbit in November. The agency says … Continue reading

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